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Exact dates and pricing details will be available in June 2010. If you would like to receive additional information before our scheduled mailing, please contact us.
Note: This tour can be immediately followed by our ‘Provence Festivals’ Tour
To many of us, Paris invokes images of love, beauty, art and culture. The name Paris derives from that of its original inhabitants, the Gaulish tribe known as the Parisii. The city was called Lutetia Parisiorum (‘Lutetia of the Parisii’) during the Roman occupation, but during the reign of Julian the Apostate (360–363) the city was renamed Paris.
Three of the most famous Parisian landmarks are the twelfth-century cathedral Notre Dame de Paris on the Île de la Cité, the Napoleonic Arc de Triomphe and the nineteenth-century Eiffel Tower. Paris' oldest and famous gardens include the Tuileries Garden, created in the 16th century, and the Luxembourg Garden, a former private garden belonging to a château built for the Marie de' Medici in 1612. The Jardin des Plantes, founded in 1626 and then in 1635, cultivated by Louis XIII's doctor, Guy de La Brosse as a medicinal herb garden, was Paris' first public garden.
Paris' largest opera houses are the nineteenth-century Opéra Garnier and the modern Opéra Bastille; the former tends towards the more classic ballets and operas, and the latter provides a mixed repertoire of classic and modern. In middle of 19th century, there were active two other competing opera houses: Opéra-Comique (which still exists to this day) and Théâtre Lyrique (which in modern times changed its profile and name to Théâtre de la Ville).
Paris' museums and monuments are among its highest-esteemed attractions; tourism has motivated both the city and national governments to create new ones. The city's most prized museum, the Louvre, welcomes over 8 million visitors a year, being by far the world's most-visited art museum. The city's cathedrals are another main attraction: Its Notre Dame de Paris and the Basilique du Sacré-Coeur.
Tour Highlights: - 3 opera and classical music performances at the Opera Bastille and Palais Garnier - 1 additional music performance in a Parisian church - Guided walking tour and visit to Palais Garnier and Salle Favert - Guided visit to ‘Cite de la Musee’ concert hall and music museum - Escorted excursion to Giverny, where we will visit Monet’s house and garden - Escorted excursion to either Fontainebleu and Barbizon, or the Loire Valley, where we will visit some of the more notable chateaux
Tour Inclusions: - This is a fully accompanied Tour - Air-travel to Paris economy class (optional) - 4 star centrally located hotels - All breakfasts, some lunches and dinners - All admissions, Paris metro tickets for guided tours, tips and taxes and Category I or II performance tickets (Category II tickets will be indicated.) - Service of a local English-speaking guide on excursions - In-house Lectures, plus a Tour Handbook containing detailed programme notes for all major performances, including information on orchestras, soloists and conductors. - Air-conditioned private coaches for excursions - Either return economy air-travel (optional) or travel to Aix-en-Provence by TGV to join our ‘Festivals in Provence’ Tour
Detailed itinerary and pricing information will be available in June 2010. If you would like to receive information before our scheduled mailing, please contact us.